Philippians 3:3 – For we are the true circumcision, who worship in the Spirit of God, and glory in Christ Jesus, and put no confidence in the flesh.
One of the theological battles today is whether the “kingdom of God” is in a natural people or in the Spirit. I have never understood why this is such a challenging area to understand. Paul is absolutely clear in this passage of scripture. The true circumcision are not those who have had the foreskin cut off, claiming to be the “the children of Abraham.” Rather, the true circumcision is those who worship in the Spirit. Jesus also made this abundantly clear when speaking to the woman at the well. She was confused about who the true worshippers were and where they worshipped. Jesus said, “Woman, believe Me, an hour is coming when neither in this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshippers (John 4:21 and 24).
A contemporary song says “take me back to the heart of worship.” The heart of worship is not connected to a mountain in the earth, a natural city, or a natural people. The true worshipers are all those born of the Holy Spirit. This includes Jews (Acts 2), Samaritans (Acts 8) and Gentiles (Acts 10). In Him you were also circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, in removal of the body of the flesh by circumcision of Christ” (Colossians 2:11). The Jews thought that the foundation was in “the law of circumcision,” but Jesus and Paul state clearly, it is a circumcision not made with hands, but of the Spirit, who creates a new heart. The heart of worship springs from what the Father did for us in Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Our flesh is weak. No matter how hard we try, we cannot meet God’s demands. On the Day of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit was given, a new day began. A new breed was born in the earth on that day. A new nation came into being on that day. The power of religious bondage was broken forever. A new priesthood was formed. A new voice was heard in the heavens, the voice of redeemed saints worshipping the Father in spirit and in truth. It threatened all those who had confidence in the flesh. It was a whole new level of confidence, Spirit-led and Spirit-filled confidence. Emmanuel is with us. Yes, He is with us in the Spirit.
Ask the Holy Spirit to show you where your confidence is rooted. If it is not in the Spirit of God, then repent of trusting anything else and surrender to the Holy Spirit as the One you have fully trusted, placing confidence in His presence.